Weight loss shot finally FDA approved but might not be covered

Published: Sep. 28, 2015 at 12:56 PM CDT|Updated: Dec. 7, 2015 at 3:49 PM CST
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There's a new shot on the market now that claims to help you lose weight, but is it too good to be true? Officials say the active ingredient is called Liraglutide and it can cost up to $1,000 a month without insurance.

According to a study in the New York Journal of Medicine, participants were given a reduced-calorie diet and an increased exercise regimen,
along with either liraglutide or a placebo. Those who got a daily shot lost an average of 18 and a half pounds over 56 weeks. Those taking a placebo lost six pounds.

Experts remind us, the body tends to move back towards baseline because there are hormonal changes that occur. For instance, when you
lose weight by diet and exercise you feel hungrier so there is a tendency for bodies to back. Surgeries are the same. With the lap-band, studies have shown the chance that someone will regain the weight is about 35 percent.

The active ingredient in the shot, liraglutide, has been used for a few years to treat Type 2 Diabetes.

In 2010, the U.S. food and drug administration approved it as a once-daily injection to lower blood sugar levels.

This story originated from KSBY an NBC affiliate serving the Central Coast of California.